Since racehorses are confined to stalls the vast majority of the day, anything that could improve circulation would be of significant benefit to them.

Increased blood flow improves oxygenation of the tissues, removal of toxins and metabolic waste, and enhances the body’s ability to heal itself.

Even horses that are able to walk 15 to 20 minutes per day are likely to experience some loss of minerals from their bones as this amount of exercise doesn’t provide enough stimulation to the bones to signal the need to retain these minerals. WBV provides significant stimulus to the bones and helps prevent loss of bone density due to long periods of inactivity.

Professional athletes, from virtually every sports discipline, are using vibration platforms as a warm-up before competition. Five to ten minutes of vibration will help warm a horse up without utilizing the large amounts of energy expended through excitement during conventional warm-up exercise.

Horses that have used the vibration platform have taken to it very quickly. After three or four treatments, they look forward to the experience, nickering and greeting the handler at the door. They step up on the platform willingly and stand quietly for the 20 minute sessions.

Whole body vibration is a non-pharmacological intervention for loss of bone density and enhancement of circulation. It is widely accepted by health and fitness, medical and rehabilitation, sports performance and anti-aging professionals. This treatment modality is ideally suited for animals that are confined to stalls most of the day. The significant beneficial effect of treatment has been well demonstrated. Its potential for enhancing the performance of the Thoroughbred athlete is immeasurable.